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  Autumn Programme

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23 WALKS (12)

Dave (Dave Johns) and Fern (Alison Steadman), two older strangers, have been bruised by their individual circumstance. They meet walking their dogs in a North London park, and over the course of twenty-three walks together the romance begins to blossom. But Dave and Fern haven't been completely honest with one another and their future together may be threatened by the secrets they have withheld. Beautifully acted, this is a complex, tender and heart-warming comedy drama about finding love later in life. (102 mins)

This is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Freddie manages to reunite with his band-mates just in time for Live Aid and leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Malek is electrifying and the film is an unparalleled crowd pleaser. (134mins) 
This timeless landmark of British cinema is one of cinema’s greatest love stories. Sensitive direction from David Lean, perfect performances from Trevor Howard & Celia Johnson and an iconic Rachmaninov score, transform its simple tale from Noel Coward’s source story of two married strangers thrown together by chance and torn apart by obligation into a heartbreaking exploration of the power of love. Beautifully restored by the BFI National Archive, with support from the 'David Lean Foundation', this is incomparable screen entertainment. (85 mins)

Reggie Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) returns home to Paris after a skiing trip to discover that her husband has died. At the funeral she finds out from CIA agent Bartholomew (Walter Matthau) that her husband was involved in the theft of a quarter of a million dollars during World War Two. The charming Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) offers his help but as the number of dead bodies increases Reggie starts to doubt his intentions. This classic 1963 comedy thriller is a stunning Hitchcockian combination of thrills, romance, humour, sophistication & Hollywood glamour with expert performances from a peerless cast. (109 mins)
The worldwide phenomenon returns, as a spectacular motion picture with the Crawley family and their intrepid staff preparing for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. This grand cinematic experience will have you cheering for your favourite characters all over again. Combined with exquisite costume design, impeccable period detail and stunning cinematography, this is a thoroughly entertaining big screen development of the pooular series. Starring Maggie SmithHugh BonnevilleMichelle DockeryElizabeth McGovernJim CarterImelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton. (123 mins)


In a Welsh mining village, bartender Jan (Toni Collette) recruits her reluctant husband and local accountant to help her bring together a syndicate of villagers to breed a foal, which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million-pound race horses he comes up against – a true working-class champion who begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate. Based on a true story, this is a classic, feelgood story of triumph against adversity. With Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Katherine Jenkins, Lynda Baron, Sian Phillips & Derek Jacobi. (113 mins)

EDIE (12)
Edie (Sheila Hancock) has spent 40 years trapped in a colourless life in England, tending to her controlling husband after his stroke. When he passes away and her daughter tries to send her to a care home, she packs an old camping bag, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Joined by reluctant guide Johnny, Edie travels to the beautiful village of Lochinver in the Scottish Highlands & the two gradually form an unlikely friendship. This is an unforgettable, immersive visual journey of self-discovery through the unspoiled wilderness of the Scottish highlands, beautifully scored, written & photographed, with Hancock performing all her own stunts. (102 mins)

On the eve of retirement, judgmental snob ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend and seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. In this funny and heart-warming modern comedy, a colourful group of defiant and energetic ‘baby boomers’ show Sandra that retirement and divorce are only the beginning. With Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley & Josie Lawrence. (111 mins)
A cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. Drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity. Based on a true story & shot on location in Cornwall, this is a crowd- pleasing comedy drama with heart and great music. With James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton & David Hayman. (112 mins)

Superb 1953 biography of the famous American band leader from his humble beginnings to his death in 1944. The Terrific music of Miller and great performances from James Stewart, June Allyson and an excellent supporting cast make this one of the most popular musical biopics of all time.(115 mins)

Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, they decide to fight back and take back what was theirs in the first place by robbing banks. In the vein of Lady In the Van and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this is a funny, warm hearted British heist thriller that shows just because you're getting old doesn't mean you have to stop having fun. The vintage cast includes Virginia McKenna, Simon Callow, Bernard Hill, Alun Armstrong, Sue Johnston and Una Stubbs. (96 mins)
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online who is worth millions. He means to take it all but, as Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Mirren and McKellen are on top form as they star together on screen for the first time in this fascinating, suspenseful and very enjoyable drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. A first rate supporting cast includes Russell ToveyLily Dodsworth-Evans and Jim Carter. (109 mins)

This spectacular and original musical celebrates the birth of show business, telling the story of visionary impresario, P.T. Barnum who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Step right up and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Hugh Jackman, who devoted years to bring the film to the screen, is dazzling in the central role while Michael Gracey’s expert direction showcases original songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Fasten your seatbelts for the ultimate crowd pleaser. With Michelle Williams, Zac Efron & Rebecca Ferguson. (105 mins)
Set in America in 1962, this is the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a racist, working-class Italian-American bouncer who reluctantly takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south & discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship. This supremely likeable & humerous drama boasts two stunning lead performances & is a poignant study of friendship, dignity & compassion that deservedly won the Oscar for best film. (130 mins)

When an air raid casualty dies on the operating table at a wartime emergency hospital, a theatre sister stumbles upon evidence suggesting his death was no accident. When she in turn is killed, Inspector Cockrill must reconstruct the crime to reveal the killer's true identity. Alastair Sim is memorable as the excentric police inspector in this masterful 1946 comedy thriller, that features atmospheric cinematography and strong supporting performances from Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John. This classic post-war feature is now presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer. (91 mins)
London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold will change the course of her life forever. Based on the bestselling novel and from the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this is a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at it’s heart. With Penelope Wilton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode & Tom Courtenay. (124 mins)
Emily (Diane Keaton), an American widow, lives in a converted mansion beside Hampstead Heath in London. Living in a hut on the Heath itself is Donald (Brendan Gleeson), a scruffy hermit who just wants to be left alone. The local council want him gone so that the land can be developed and send threatening letters which he tears up. However, Emily is drawn to his predicament and together they take on the land developers & when the two fall for each other, their on-off romance has to face the prejudices of everyone around them. This is a charming & funny life-affirming true story about how love surfaces in the most unexpected places. With James Norton, Jason Watkins, Lesley Manville & Simon Callow. (102 mins)


Blockbuster 1969 musical with Barbara Streisand, Walter Mathau, Michael Crawford and Louis Armstrong telling the story of Dolly Levi, an intrepid match maker at the turn of the Century, who can fix everybodys romance except her own. Brilliant dance numbers and wonderful songs. (139 mins)
JUDY (12)
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. However, she is exhausted & fragile; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood & wanting to be back home with her kids. With a phenomenal performance from Renee Zellweger as Garland & featuring a host of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of this legendary entertainer. (118 mins)

The incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor) carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. This is a charming, heartfelt and thoroughly enthralling account of a remarkable man. (120 mins)

This sparkling tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie is a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When a renowned crime novelist Harlan (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast, including Chris EvansJamie Lee CurtisDon JohnsonMichael Shannon & Toni Collette, this is a witty and stylish whodunnit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing. (130 mins)


John O'Groats, Scotland: An elderly man, Tom (Timothy Spall), whose wife Mary (Phyllis Logan) has just passed away uses only local buses on a nostalgic trip to carry her ashes all the way across the UK to Land's End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. Unbeknownst to Tom, his journey begins to capture the imagination of the local people that he comes across and helps and he unwittingly becomes a nationwide social media story. Spall gives a beautifully nuanced and sympathetic performance in a heart warming and ultimately life affirming tale that showcases the community spirit and diversity of modern Britain. (86 mins) 

After her husband's death, a widow (Judi Dench) re-kindles her musical roots. She seeks out the female band she played with during World War II. The one non-female in the troop was a cross-dressing drummer (Ian Holm) with whom she still is friends. Slowly the band grows, but their sound is lacking until the original singer (Cleo Laine) is added to the mix. Terrific feel good British musical drama with June Whitfield, Joan Sims, Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron. (85 mins)


Determined to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend and her eccentric estranged grandmother. Three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world. This charming tale is the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom. Starring Celia Imrie, Candice Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones & Bill Paterson. (98 mins)


In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from University -- leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends. This phenomenally successful follow up to the hit 2008 musical is heaven sent for musical & 'Abba' fans. An exuberant sense of fun makes it irresistible. Starring Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia, Colin Firth & Cher. (114 mins)
In Depression-era London, a now-grown up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she takes the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure and helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. This sequel to the beloved Disney original is a triumph in all departments - beautifully crafted with terrific live-action/animation and a memorable music score. Emily Blunt is perfect as Mary and the stellar cast includes Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke & Meryl Streep. (130 mins) 


In 1970, the phenomenally popular Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope but the newly formed Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast. When the show resumed, the result caused uproar as the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. This feelgood British film tell this thoroughly crowd-pleasing & iconic story. Starring Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Greg Kinnear, Rhys Ifans & Lesley Manville. (106 mins)
This is the beautiful, delicate and amusing story of the brittle relationship between L. S. Lowry - one of the greatest artists of the 20th century - and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. Engrossing and entertaining, the film is a veritable masterclass in acting - Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition. Adrian Noble's wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry's snobbish mother prevents him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he desperately tries to create something that might make her happy. This lovely film is punctuated with humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country's greatest artists. (91 mins)

Starring newcomer James Corden, this is the inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day, and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant phenomenon after winning Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went onto win the prestigious competition, a recording contract, and the hearts of millions. From his humble beginnings in Wales to glamorous Venice, this is both funny and heart warming. Also starring Julie Walters. (103 mins)​
The much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the beloved bear. The adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heart-warming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure. (99 mins)

John Wayne stars in this classic 1952 romantic drama directed by John Ford. Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton returns to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm in Inisfree. But when love intervenes he is forced to fight again to win the heart and hand of local girl Mary (Maureen O'Hara). A poetic & deeply felt sentiment for Ireland’s past, it’s traditions and sense of community. This evergreen classic has now been restored in HD to highlight it’s astonishing Oscar winning Technicolour cinematography. A film guaranteed to please any audience.(126 mins)

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is living in contented retirement. Her tranquil existence is shattered as she's arrested by MI5, for Joan has been hiding an incredible past as one of the most influential spies in living history. The young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure Cambridge physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur & begins to see that the world is on the brink of destruction. While working at a secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the ultimate dilemma. Based on the best-selling novel & Inspired by an extraordinary true story, this is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. (110 mins)

This hilarious 1960 British comedy classic, with an all star cast about a habitual loser who enrolls at the dubious college of one-up-manship in Yeovil to learn how to get revenge on everyone who has treated him badly and reclaim his girlfriend, is a timeless testament to the great British film comedies of yesteryear. The expert direction of Robert Hamer and priceless performances of Ian Carmichael, Alastair Sim, Terry Thomas, Janette Scott, John Le Mesurier and Dennis Price are the icing on the cake of this feel good but humourously acerbic adaptation of the Stephen Potter novels. Now restored in High Definition, this is terrific fun for any audience. (94 mins)

What begins as an ordinary day for Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) turns out to be anything but, when an unusual creature from another world endures a crash landing close to Shaun's home, Mossy Bottom Farm. When word gets out, a shady corporation vies to capture the alien creature to use her for its own gain, after it is revealed she possesses unique abilities. Shaun must help his new friend return to her home planet before it is too late. This animated family adventure from 'Aardman Animations' is splendid fun with terrific visual gags and dazzling stop-motion animation. (87 mins)

Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm but the authorities believe he is the problem. This solid period thriller is inspired by the recent revelation of an actual Nazi finishing school in England. Starring Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, James D’Arcy and Jim Broadbent.(96 mins)

Rodgers & Hammersteins Oscar winning 1958 evergreen musical masterpiece with Mitzi Gaynor & Rossano Brazzi finding love on a US army base in the South Pacific during WW 2. Timeless songs and stunning photography in this beautifully restored HD print. (150 mins)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy in the untold story of the world’s greatest comedy act. The critically acclaimed film wonderfully portrays the unique and precious partnership of the legendary duo as they set out on a tour of Britain in the twilight of their career. Whilst they face an uncertain future the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, making each other and their audiences laugh, re-connecting them with legions of adoring fans, old and new. With stunning performances from Coogan and Reilly, this warm-hearted and genuinely moving and humerous drama is a pure delight. (98 mins)


The perfect film for lovers of classic musicals. This 1974 celebration of 30 years of music & dance from the mighty M.G.M studios is every musical fans dream. Hosted by Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Bing Crosby, Mickey Rooney amongst others, timeless musical moments from gems like Singin in the rain, Rose Marie, Seven Brides for seven brothers, High Society & many, many more unfold....Sit back, relax and enjoy this dazzling celebration of the movie musical  (130 mins)


Gemma Arterton plays Catrin, a diffident young Welsh woman with no screenwriting experience, who lands a job making short propaganda films for the Ministry of Information at the height of the Blitz with a makeshift cast and crew. Partnered alongside jaded fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation as well as capturing the imagination of the American population and inspire the U.S. to enter the war. This charming adaptation of Lissa Evan’s novel is witty, romantic, moving and ultimately uplifting and benefits from beautiful cinematography and impressive set design. The performances are universally excellent with Bill Nighy as a vain and ageing ham and Jeremy Irons as an out-of-touch Secretary of War. (117 mins)

In this feel good British comedy, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) finds herself out of work and desperate for one last chance to be in the limelight & prove to Hollywood she’s not a has-been. Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on a glamorous French hideaway, Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. (104 mins)


The story of the tribulations behind best-selling children's novelist Roald Dahl's (Hugh Bonneville) marriage to Academy Award winning actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes). The somewhat unlikely pair - an in-demand Hollywood actress and a burgeoning children's author find their relationship put to the test and ultimately strengthened by tragic events. Set between New York, England and Los Angeles in the early 60s, it tells the tale of Dahl's struggles while writing some of his most famous works and Neal's return to acting. With Rebecca Feguson and Geoffrey Palmer. (110 mins)

The ever popular 1961 Oscar laden modern musical interpretation of Romeo & Juliet contains dazzling dancing & songs adapted from Leonard Bernsteins stage musical. Richard Beymer & Natalie Wood excel as the doomed lovers ably supported by sultry Rita Moreno & George Chakiris. This Exhilarating musical masterpiece, with classic songs including America, I feel pretty and Maria, has been digitally restored for maximum effect on the Big Screen. (150 mins)

David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly star in this celebrated family comedy. As Doug, his wife Abi and their three children prepare to travel up to the Scottish Highlands for Dougs fathers 75th birthday, they give their children a list of things that are to be kept secret, including the fact that daddy lives in a different house to mummy. While their offspring set about telling Grandpa the ins and outs of their lives down in London, including intimate details of parental arguments, the couple try to put aside their differences and have an enjoyable weekend. With Celia Imrie, Ben Miller and Annette Crosbie. (95 mins)

Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) - the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this crowd pleasing, critically acclaimed romantic musical comedy from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire') and screenwriter Richard Curtis ('Love Actually'). (116 mins)